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Prospective students keen to have a look around Northampton College can enjoy a slice of summer with an open air barbeque taking centre stage at a special preview evening.

The open event will take place from 5pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday, 28 June and will give all those coming along the opportunity to see what it’s really like studying at Northampton College.

firefighter story

A firefighter from Northampton has landed a starring role in a film being made by Northampton College to help recruit new students.

Mother of four Carla Williams, from Pitsford, who currently works as an on-call firefighter with Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service at Brixworth, donned her breathing apparatus as part of the re-enactment of a real fire in a student's house - which forms a central part of the film's storyline.

The student, whose story is due to be revealed later this summer when the film is launched, was unharmed in the fire and went on to successfully complete her course at the college in Booth Lane, Northampton.

A former catering student is on a fast track in her career after winning a worldwide competition and securing three promotions in just five years.

mary picMary Palecek, 25 secured a job as a commis chef at Sundial Group's Highgate House in Creaton as she came to the end of her Level 3 catering course at Northampton College. Five years on, and Mary has managed to work her way up through the kitchen to chef de parti, senior chef de parti and more recently sous chef, also moving to work at Sundial’s well-established Warwickshire conference venue, Woodside, during that time.

Her talent and strong work ethic sets her aside in the kitchen and her head chef was so impressed he even entered her into the junior category of a celebrated international catering challenge – Global Copper Skillet Competition – where she scooped the winning title.

Mary said, “Winning the competition has been a highlight of my career so far. I had heard about it but never felt confident enough to put myself forward. I have always been keen to learn new skills and cooking is my passion but to enter a global competition like that can be a bit daunting. I am not a nervous person but it was a scary prospect. I went in with the mind-set of getting the experience rather than winning and it paid off because I actually beat everyone to the top.”

Mary travelled to UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center in Los Angeles to compete. She was up against chefs from IACC Americas, Australia-Asia-Pacific and European member venues but it was her dish of sautéed courgette and aubergine, poached sea bass, pan fried sirloin, red pepper, tomato and coriander salsa, heritage carrots and caramelised shallots that wowed the judges.

northampton college students help in the kitchen

Some of the biggest chefs in Northampton are coming together to stage a one-off binquet at Northampton College – with diners treated to a slap-up meal made of food destined for the rubbish dump.

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Students from BTEC level three years one and two Creative Media Production will be showcasing the incredible work they have produced over the past year at The BMAs - the annual event to celebrate the achievements of students on the course.

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Megan Ducker

Megan is currently completing an Apprenticeship as a Finishing Technician at Sandwell, a specialised surface engineering company based in Towcester.She said: “My apprenticeship has been really rewarding and I feel...



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